Revolving Door: Previously Worked in Government
Before joining Japan Tobacco, Wakui worked for the Japanese Ministry of Finance.
According to The Japan Times, Japan Tobacco was “a well-known Finance Ministry retirement destination; in fact, former JT presidents have been ex-Finance people, until that sort of blatant amakudari [practice whereby senior Japanese bureaucrats were plucked from the civil service and installed in executive positions within the public or private sector] apparently started to look bad”.
Wakui has been Chairperson of the Affinis Arts Foundation since 2016, a Foundation established by Japan Tobacco in 1988 with the aim to develop and improve Japanese musical culture by giving grants to musical artists, and organising concerts and other musical events.
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